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I have decided, in my long term mission to create a whole new language out of glossolalia, that made up Olde English is one of the best vocabularies never to have existed. Ge-wecch with a 'g' as in Gorge, not George and the 'cch' making the end sound in 'loch,' may be an anglo-saxon word meaning, 'disgusting,' 'ridiculously bad,' or 'sumptuously buggered up.' It is a word of many layers, most of which could apply to my day today.

It's bad enough to hear Cameron witter on about how brave it is to kill badgers when there's so much public outcry against it. I mean, I shouldn't write him off as a tory twat, because I know many Conservatives who are not twats - indeed, were it not for the attempts of Conservatives like Dominic Raab, the Snoopers Charter would have given UK authorities even more remit for rootling around in our undies, with nary a word of protest from Labour. So I shouldn't turn this into a party thing, even when angry. But by god, no, it is not brave to kill badgers contrary to popular preference. The word that miserable slitherer is looking for is undemocratic.

We're hearing that word more and more on Airstrip One these days.

Then there was the unfortunate issue of me being a total twit myself, and losing a black briefcase which contains diving logbooks belonging to larians and myself, plus our diving tables. Once qualified the dive log book isn't that important really, though it is handy; practically, the important stuff you need to record is about keeping a tally of nitrogen residue in your body (if I ever got to be good enough, one of the courses I might consider is first line emergency response, because there is something grimly fascinating about all the things that can go wrong with your body on a dive) but really a dive computer can keep all that stuff, and be more accurate about it too. Still, a dive log is a nice memento - and of course, after you finally get snuffed by something horrible in the deep, it's a nice lead for other cthulhu investigators, especially if you scrawl 'Don't
go down there...' as your last entry.

Anyway, I lost the logbooks and ran around all over Lewisham and then came home. Then I remembered where I might have left them and phoned. I was right. I went to collect the briefcase, the place was shut. I came home again to find the side of the garden that Thames Water are meant to be renovating still a bombsite, but now a bombsite with added animal turd. Depressed, I came in and started cooking a chili. I burned the onions so dramatically the whole house stinks of resolutely barnacled wok. Now I sit here, chili-less, with a gin and tonic. I am hoping my beau will settle for a kebab.



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Aug. 8th, 2013 07:30 pm (UTC)
Of course he will.
Though he'd have been too polite to say it, the whole time he'd have been eating the chili he'd have been thinking "Well, this is nice, but what I really fancy right now is a kebab ..."
Aug. 8th, 2013 07:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Of course he will.
You comfort me, thank you!
Aug. 8th, 2013 09:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Of course he will.
Any time.
Aug. 8th, 2013 08:27 pm (UTC)
Cameron's not a twat because he's a Tory; he's a twat because he's utterly unprincipled. I was surprised to see Stephen Fry say that he has the 'utmost respect' for him because of his pushing same-sex marriage through Parliament in the face of 'vehement opposition'. Whether acting in the face of opposition is admirable depends on whose badger is being gored.
Aug. 8th, 2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
You are quite right. It's a thing I forget when I am angry; Torydom does not a twat make. Plenty of Conservatives have shown immense integrity in resisting party pressure re the cull and other issues. Cameron's a strange one, in so much as he is neither a decent nor an honest man, but neither is he a frothing lunatic. Expediency is his game, and he is as humane as a man with little real feeling can be.He understands compromise. Yes, he has alienated grass roots elements of the party faithful with his stance on same sex marriage; but those same grass roots are tied votes. If they don't stay with him they'll go to Ukip, and UKip is increasingly looking like a home for crazyheads. I guess what I'm trying to say it that he didn't risk as much on the same sex marriage issue as Stephen Fry thinks. Cameron has gained votes across the board, and it has cost him a little in the heartland, but not too much - not while he makes them money.

Edited at 2013-08-09 05:33 am (UTC)
Aug. 9th, 2013 06:16 am (UTC)
I'm not sure that Fry thinks it. I hope he doesn't think it.
Aug. 8th, 2013 09:17 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm glad you at least tracked down where the log books are.

We had pizza this evening on the grounds of me not being safe to weild a skillet.
Aug. 8th, 2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
What is a skillet?
Aug. 10th, 2013 01:28 am (UTC)
An excellent weapon..
Aug. 10th, 2013 08:54 am (UTC)
Surely a frying pan is just as deadly?

Aug. 9th, 2013 06:40 pm (UTC)
Ergh... what a stressful day. I sympathise with losing significant things - I put J's passport through the wash once, the one with all the interesting stamps from several years of interesting travel. It was about a week before he needed it again too so the insult to injury was that he had to go and queue in Peterborough as one does in such situations.
Aug. 9th, 2013 08:45 pm (UTC)
I lose things a lot. It distresses me.

I am glad I'm not the only one who judges the value of a passport by the funky stamps it has in it! I was heartbroken when I had to get a new one. When it comes to laundering, my house rule is that while I will treat trousers with care, I am not responsible for their contents, ever. under any circumstances.

This has made my life much easier.

Edited at 2013-08-09 08:46 pm (UTC)
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